Nothing will test the news media like the next few days in Cleveland, where the Republican convention gets underway on Monday. GOP nominee Donald Trump will have something that even he has never had; something that only presidents and major party nominees get. And that is nearly full control of the national media stage for four straight evenings in prime time. But will news outlets hand themselves over to the ultimate Trump infomercial and bask in the ratings? Or will they rediscover their vital role of providing context, perspective and truth?
Donald Trump, who has antagonized the news media and restricted access throughout his campaign, does not control the credentialing for this week’s Republican convention. That job is left to the Congressional Press Galleries. As a result, some news organizations will enjoy official entry to a Trump-led event for the first time in months.